PITTSBURGH, PA (Sept. 4, 2015) Mayor William Peduto issued the following statement today upon the announcement by Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Linda Lane that she will step down at the end of the 2015-2016 school year:
“The City of Pittsburgh has enjoyed a strong partner in Linda Lane in her many years of leadership with the Pittsburgh Public Schools. Dr. Lane’s accomplishments — from being the first African-American woman named full-time superintendent, to her stewardship of the Pittsburgh Promise, to improvements in PPS graduation rates — are great, and she has served Pittsburgh’s young people with heart, wisdom and conviction.
As much as the city has been blessed to have Dr. Lane as a leader and advocate, I personally have been blessed to have her as a partner during my first two years in office. She has been both a mentor and an inspiration to me on the importance of education. Together we have worked to break down the walls between City Hall and the public schools, and focused on one agenda for the betterment of Pittsburgh’s children.
Though led by separate governments, the City and the Pittsburgh Public Schools serve the same constituents, and have a shared interest in Pittsburgh’s growth and well-being. Dr. Lane and the School Board have led the district through tough financial times that have mirrored the City’s own, and she and the Board joined with me and City Council in a historic joint task force on education last year.
In that spirit of collaboration and coexistence, my administration stands ready to join other Pittsburgh stakeholders — including parents, students, community representatives, foundations and organized labor — to support the Board in a search locally and nationally for new superintendent. My administration learned many lessons in searches for top administrators upon taking office in 2014, particularly in the community drafting of job standards for a new police chief, which included meetings and online forms to collect input from residents citywide, including members of the police union. An experienced and diversified screening committee further aided the process.
As is typical of Dr. Lane’s professionalism and care for her students, her announcement has afforded ample time to make this greatly important transition. Pittsburgh’s young people have an opportunity to get the very best superintendent in the country, and working together in support of the School Board we can provide them the leader they deserve.”